Here in Sedona, we are blessed with four mild seasons. If you love to hike, you truly appreciate this, because you can hike the same trail in each of the seasons and visually capture a completely different beauty in the red rocks. I am a novice photographer and absolutely love taking pictures and it’s amazing to see what each changing season will hold.
Spring is upon us now and this is the time of year when our red rock country comes to life. Snow melt from the high country fills our pristine Oak Creek and creates waterfalls in the canyons. The shades of the forest evergreens deepen, desert cactuses blossom, wildflowers sprout out of the red earth, and our flowering trees burst with shades of pinks, yellows, whites and reds. From some of the north facing mesas, you are apt to see snow on the San Francisco Peaks outlined in the distant horizon. Top off this kaleidoscope of color with a pristine blue sky and you see perfection.
Spring also offers near perfect temperatures for exploring the back country with cool mornings and mild daytime highs. There is a hike for everybody here in Sedona. Just let us know what you’re up for and we will send you on your way!
Visit our web-site at www.sedonareal.com for our fantastic on-line spring specials!
If you only have one day … Use code NET for a great rate on a one night stay. Rates start at $122.00 through March 14th; March 15th – April 20 rates start at $151.00.
If you can stay longer and enjoy more trails … Use code NETF for a discounted multi-night stay. 17% off 2 nights or more through March 14th; or 17% off 3 nights or more March 15th – April 20.
We look forward to helping you enjoy springtime in Sedona!
Blog Contributed by Debbie at Sedona Real Inn and Suites
Join us for this increasingly popular film festival!
“Where Movies Rock” is the theme of this year’s festival. The Sedona International Film Festival is recognized as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine). Out of more than 1,000 films, film screeners chose the very best 159 for the festival. Going into it’s 19th year, the Sedona International Film Festival is sure to fulfill the tastes of movie buffs, independent film lovers and everyone who enjoys a good story!
Subjects presented are as diverse as William Shakespeare to homeless kids in Seattle, a variety of macabre to a nice selection of films with Arizona connections. There will be plenty of actors on hand at the showings and this year, Joan Collins will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The festival starts on Saturday, February 23rd and filling all the venues by Tuesday February 26th. The festival will be in full swing until March 3rd. The interactive film calendar is now available here.
Tickets are available now, but are beginning to sell out for some screenings. Now is the time to make your reservation!
Sedona Real is proud to offer festival goers a 15% discount for any two-night (or more) consecutive stay and we will also provide two movie tickets. Sedona Real makes a perfect home base for this event with our proximity to the main movie theater. You can make your reservation through our complimentary concierge service by calling 800-353-1239 or book this special online at www.sedonareal.com
We look forward to hosting you for this very special event!
There are many reasons to visit Sedona in 2013. Here is a sampling of some of the years most popular events:
February 12th-17th – Chocolate Lover’s Festival on the Verde Canyon Railroad
Add some rails and chocolate to your romantic getaway in the Verde Valley! During the festival a decadent platter of chocolates will be delivered to your table and a chocolate fountain will tempt you to create your own delights! You can also have champagne chilled right at your table to top off the experience. Your sweetheart will love it! Besides these wonderful offerings, watch out for bald eagle sightings along the ride! Truly amazing.
February 23-March 3rd – Sedona International Film Festival
Join us for this increasingly popular festival. We are offering any two-night or more consecutive stay at a 15% discount and we will also provide two movie tickets. “Where Movies Rock” is the theme of this year’s festival. In its 19th season, the Sedona Film Festival is recognized as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine). Sedona Real makes a perfect home base for this event with our proximity to the main movie theater.
March 16, 2013: The 43rd Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival
The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. from uptown Sedona on Jordan Road and proceeds to Mesquite Avenue. After the parade there will be a parade with live entertainment, activities for kids and families, food vendors and a beer garden until 3pm. Come up and celebrate this fun holiday!
July 27, 2013: Sedona’s 9th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration
This will be a really fun event for kids and families! There will be live performances of gunfights, roping, bullwhip cracking, storytelling and historical re-enactments. Listen or dance to live western music. Watch traditional cowboy tradesmen demonstrations and see western art and artists at work.
August 31 – September 2, 2013: Sedona’s 27th Annual Moonlight Madness Street Festival & Sidewalk Sales
On Labor Day weekend, Sedona’s uptown area will turn into a shopping party! Enjoy live music, activities and entertainment for all ages. Plus, there will be great sales in all the shops and plazas. Have fun and get a jump on your Christmas shopping with one-of-a-kind treasures at this three day event!
October 19, 2013: The Sedona Main Street Paint Out
If you are a fan of Sedona’s beauty, you will love this event that kicks off the Sedona Art Center’s Annual Plein Air Art Festival. The artists are challenged to create a painting in 2&1/2 hours right in uptown Sedona. Walk amongst the shops and galleries and watch art take form!
October 31, 2013: Safe & Fun Trick or Treat
Always a fun evening for the little ones! Sedona many uptown shops and galleries host a safe Trick-or-Treat right in the heart of uptown. After the fun, dine at one of the many restaurants and retreat to your cozy suite at Sedona Real Inn!
December 6, 2013: Sedona’s Tree Lighting & Santa Visit
Another great (and free) family event for the holidays. Come and see Santa and our 17ft tree lighting. This event will take place between 5-7pm with free entertainment, activities and music. If you are visiting during this special month, look two other special events: Tlaquepaque’s Festival of Trees and Red Rock Fantasy of Lights.
No matter what time of year you visit, let our concierge staff make all your Sedona reservations. Please visit our Specials Page to view the hotel’s most recent offerings or call us at 800-353-1239 today!
“GumptionFest is Sedona’s grassroots, community-organized festival that was started as a way for local artists, performers and businesses to get up the gumption to get together and celebrate as well as share their art, creativity and passion.
It is most importantly an effort to help artists come together and support each other by way of inspiration, ideas, tools and much more. It helps create what we like to call an “artistic support system.” We therefore want to raise the bar for Sedona’s intake and output of creative expression and diverse understanding.”
This is going to be a lot of fun. Come on up to Sedona for the weekend and listen to some music, see some art, and enjoy the red rocks. Call us at 1-800-353-1239 to create your reservation today.
Local snake specialist Russell Dunn will give a free interactive show and lecture entitled “Snakes of Sedona” at Greg Lawson’s Passion for Place Gallery on Wednesday, August 15 at 6:00 pm. Visitors will be educated on the habits and behaviors of snakes native to Sedona, plus receive tips on identification and have the opportunity to see and touch some of the creatures showcased. This free public event will be held at Hillside Sedona on the second level at Greg Lawson’s Passion For Place Gallery, ^pm, August 15th, 671 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86336. For more information contact the Gallery at 928-204-4744.